Who Can Participate: High School Students.

Here's How It Works: Students write an essay, poem, or thank-you letter (500 words or less, in English and submit to this page) sharing how a teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them.

This contest is open from 2/14-3/14, and is online only.

What Students Get: The student who writes the winning essay, poem, or thank-you letter will receive a certificate of recognition and a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card.

What Teachers Get: The winner of the "Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year" award will receive $5,000 and will be recognized at a special event at a Barnes & Noble store. The winning teacher's school will receive $5,000 as well.


The contest is closed for 2019

2018-2019 National Teacher of the Year

2018-2019 National Teacher of the Year winner Christopher Donovan with student Brooklynne Mitchell-Arno who wrote the winning essay. Mr. Donovan received $5,000 and the title of Barnes & Noble's Teacher of the Year, and his school, Ayer Shirley Regional High School, was also awarded $5,000.

2018-2019 National Teacher of the Year winner Christopher Donovan with student Brooklynne Mitchell-Arno who wrote the winning essay with, from left, Tracy Vidakovich, VP, Business Development, Patrick Thornton, Regional Business Development Manager, and the Barnes & Noble team.